Peter Hall of HH Properties explains why regenerating Teesside is what makes him tick…
Entrepreneur Peter Hall is passionate about Teesside. A former boxer who represented his country, he was brought up on a tough council estate and has had his share of ups and downs over the years.
Life was certainly not easy for the young Peter and he was left to fend for himself much of the time. As he grew up he was determined to make something of himself, and by 18 he had saved enough to buy his first house, working 14 hour days, seven days a week, buying and selling cars.
Fast forward two decades and Peter is now a self-made property developer who oversees HH Properties – a company created with the express aim of investing in and rejuvenating the areas where he was born and grew up.
Having survived a recent brush with cancer, Peter is all the more fired up about his aim to help restore Middlesbrough to its former glory, give jobs to local people as well as provide homes for those most in need, such as those with disabilities or in assisted housing.
Wanting to give back to an area that gave him little support in the past seems unusual, but Peter believes that pride in your surroundings goes a long way to having pride in yourself.
He also has plans in the pipeline to help young people into employment and to give them more opportunities with the building of a community centre featuring exciting new educational resources.
But that’s a little way in the future. First up, there is the completion of three major projects which HH Properties have in various stages of development. Both the Springfield and the Junction public houses in Middlesbrough are ripe for development.
Peter’s idea is to turn both pubs into highend student accommodation with a highspec student bar, cutting edge broadband and facilities for disabled students.
Work is due to commence in late spring, with the Junction hopefully gaining permission and following suit in the near future. Talks are currently in progress with Middlesbrough Council and, as with all HH Properties developments, it will be carefully ascertained just which services the area needs.
The derelict area of the former Acklam Steelworks is Peter’s biggest project to date.
In dire need of regeneration, there are exciting plans to breathe new life into an area that’s suffered years of neglect.
There will be a new and improved club house built, comprising a new function room and modern facilities. Remaining disused and derelict land will be converted into a mixture of two, three and four-bed houses which will aim to tackle the housing shortage in the area as well as raising the profile for existing residents.